BPS – Exhibition

Burton on Trent PS

Annual Exhibition of Photography

including Open Competition Gallery


Sat 12th & Sun 13th Nov 2016

10am – 4pm

The Priory Centre Church Road

Stretton DE13 0HE

Official Opening 2pm Sat 12th

followed by presentation of prizes for the Open Competition by

Beryl Toon Mayor of East Staffs Borough Council

Uttoxeter Choral Society’s concert

The Mayor, Councillor Alan Noyes will attend the concert of European Sacred Music on Saturday 26th November.  The concert, at St Mary’s Church, Bridge Street, Uttoxeter is the debut of our new conductor Jakob Grubbström.   Tickets are £10 and are available on the door or via our website. ww.uttoxeterchoralsociety.co.uk

Uttoxeter Choral Society has been nominated by the Mayor as one of his charities for the year.  The Choral Society has delivered delightful concerts for 135 years in Uttoxeter and is a society to be supported.  Everyone is welcome to come and sing with us.  There are no auditions.  The choir meets at the catholic Guildhall on Balance Street every Thursday at 7.30pm.

The choir will be exercising their singing voices when the Uttoxeter Town Band leads a Remembrance Concert at St Mary’s parish church.  This is at 7.30pm on Friday 11th November.  Doors open at 6.45pm. Tickets £6 , child £3, Under 10 free.

Thanks to Mary Pollard for the info.


Once again why not begin your preparations for Christmas with the atmospheric experience of the Needwood Singers’ Carols by Candlelight?

The concert will consist of our usual mix of the well-loved and the less well-known and will include some audience participation.

This year our first concert will take place at

Alrewas Methodist Church, DE13 7BS on Sunday 4th December.

The second will take place at

St. Peter’s Church, Yoxall, DE13 8PD on Sunday 11th December.

Both concerts will start at 6 p.m. Please note that this is earlier than in previous years.

Tickets will cost £8 (free to under 16s) and will include interval refreshments.

For tickets and further information:

Tel: Sheila 01283716790

Email: sue_and_mark@yahoo.com

Website: www.needwoodsingers@wordpress.com

Thanks to Mark & Sue Griffiths for the info.

CTC – Little Shop of Horrors

Cabaret Theatre Company

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of a poor florist hungry for change, a young woman hungry for love …..and a plant that’s just plain hungry!


Join us for some fabulously freaky horticultural happenings at the Brewhouse in November.

Friday 25 November at 7.30pm £12

Saturday 26 November at 2.30pm £10

Saturday 26 November at 7.30pm £12

Brewhouse Box office 01283 508100

Sally Everson

Cabaret Theatre School


BMTC – Crazy for You – Review

Crazy for You

Burton Musical Theatre Company

What do you want from a musical?

Lots of dancing?

Songs you know and love?

Snappy one liners peppering the dialogue?

Performers that throw themselves into it?

All this and more is waiting for you in the latest show brought to the stage by Burton Musical Theatre Company.

I can’t remember a show that has left me feeling so happy at the end (in a very good way) for a long time.


Crazy for You is a romantic comedy musical with a book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin. Billed as ‘The New Gershwin Musical Comedy’, it is largely based on the songwriting team’s 1930 musical, Girl Crazy but brings in songs from other productions. Crazy for You won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical.

From the quick-fire dialogue at the start to the final curtain you are entertained every step of the way, and believe me there are loads of steps.The orchestra, conducted by musical director David Blackwell, led the way with an overture that demonstrated both their talents and the number of familiar tunes in the show.

Lee Smith shone as Bobby Child – who rarely leaves the stage – with a performance of class and energy which gave him ample opportunity to show off his athleticism and tap dancing skills.

Opposite him, as Polly Baker, was Lauren Brown who sang one of the best versions of Someone to Watch Over Me, I have heard on stage. I think the rest of the audience agreed with me given the applause she recieved at the end of the number.

Choreography by Danielle Harris was lively and made great use of the stage. Not only was there oodles of tap dancing (you know I love a bit of tap) they also had a routine where they played trays.

A highlight of the show is the second number in act two where OJ Wright, who plays Bela Zangler, and Lee Morris, disguised as Zangler, drunkenly meet face to face for the number What Causes That?

It is played with classic comedy timing reminiscent of a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

Karen Hambleton as Irene Roth, Bobby’s erstwhile fiancee, and Angela Wynne, as Lottie Child, spark each other off with some pithy put downs each time they meet and there are solid performances from the supporting cast.

Directed by Steven Foster with Gershwin songs performed wonderfully, routines executed immaculately, and an audience that thoroughly enjoyed themselves it made for a great evening of musical theatre.

Crazy for You is running all week (25th -29th Oct) at the de Ferrers Academy’s Harehedge Lane campus, in Horninglow, with shows starting at 7.30pm every night and a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday.

Tickets are available by calling 01283 541552 or online from tickets@burtonmusicaltheatre.co.uk

Bill Pritchard.

Screaming Kicks Big Band

Join the award winning Screaming Kicks Big Band with local pianist and singer Wil Pearson (BADAC Bursary Award Winner) in a sensational evening of music at The National Brewery Centre. Wil has performed at many venues in the Burton area and staged a one man Frank Sinatra tribute last December.

This year he has organised a concert at The National Brewery Centre marquee on Thursday 27th October to raise funds for a tour of America he is undertaking as a member of Hot House House Jazz Screaming Kicks Big Band. The band are departing on 28th December for New York and New Orleans to perform at the annual International Jazz Education Conference. The ensemble will be the sole representative from the UK and Wil is proud to be a part of this tour. He also recently recorded a CD in a Manchester studio of songs originally performed by some of his vocal idols and these will be on sale at the concert.

Tickets are available from the National Brewery Centre box office.

Tel: 01283 532 880

Brewhouse – Community Events – November

Little Theatre Company

Monty Python’s Spamalot

by Eric Idle

“Spamalot” is more than a loving nod to the classic comedy film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”. It tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features witch burnings (cancelled due to health and safety), fish-slapping, cows, killer rabbits and French people with outrageous accents!

Get ready for fantastic tunes including ‘He Is Not Dead Yet’, ‘Knights of the Round Table’, ‘Find Your Grail’ and, of course, the Nation’s Favourite Comedy Song (Reader’s Digest Poll 2010), ‘Always Look On The Bright Side of Life’.

Monty Python’s Spamalot: “Funnier than the black death!”

Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle

Monday 14 November – Saturday 19 November

7.30pm plus Saturday Matinee 2.30pm

£12 (£10 Concessions available Monday – Wednesday only)

£10 Saturday Matinee

Brewhouse Auditorium


Cabaret Theatre Company

Little Shop of Horrors

An award winning musical comedy, Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of a poor florist hungry for change, a young woman hungry for love, and a plant that’s just plain hungry! A show full of fabulously freaky horticultural happenings with music and lyrics by Howard, Ashman & Alan (Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast)


Friday 25 November – Saturday 26 November

7.30pm plus Saturday Matinee 2.30pm

£12 (£10 Saturday Matinee)

Brewhouse Auditorium

Mellows – Oliver! – Review

Oliver!, Mellow Dramatics, Brewhouse arts centre, Burton.

Let’s take it as read that, one, you know what the musical Oliver! is about, and two, you know most of the songs.

The show, directed by Sharon Plummer, is using two boys to play Oliver, on opening night we had Joe Wardle as our Oliver and he made a fine job of it.

A packed Brewhouse auditorium showed their appreciation for the show with prolonged applause at the curtain and the cast certainly deserved it.

Many of the cast will be familiar to Mellow’s audiences but there were some new faces – one of whom looked as if he’d been on stage for years – stole the show for me . . . but I will let you make up your own minds when you go. I think they have unearthed a real talent.

Husband and wife team, Melvyn and Jean Edwards were great as Mr Bumble and the Widow Corney bringing the right amounts of humour and nastiness to the roles. Steve Wood as Bill Sykes was suitably menacing channeling a grubby EastEnders’ hardman.

Tom Brassington played the seedy, down-at-heel Fagin with just the right amount of vulnerability and bounce in his rendition of Reviewing the Situation.

Callum Davis’ Artful Dodger did very well in welcoming Oliver to Fagin’s Gang in Consider Yourself and the crowd scenes and set pieces were well choreographed by Sian Plummer.

Hannah Smith worked very well as Bet alongside what was a standout performance by Becky Stewart as Nancy – Bill Sykes’ long-suffering girlfriend. I hope Becky won’t mind me saying that there was more than a passing reminder of Jody Prenger in her performance.

Well done to all the cast who put on a show worthy of the Mellows. It was also a lovely surprise to see Jack Broughton back on stage with them in the role of Mr Sowerberry, always good to see him.

I am informed that ticket sales have been very strong for the week and that some performances are already sold out. So be quick if you want tickets for the show.

The Mellow Dramatics’ Oliver! is on at the Brewhouse, Union Street, Burton, until Saturday, September 18th, with performances from 7.30pm every night and a matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday.

For ticket information contact the Brewhouse box office on 1283 508100.

Bill Pritchard

Best of British: A Celebration of English Song

GEM Recitals

The Best of British: A Celebration of English Song

In the first of a new series of classical concerts in Burton upon Trent, Mezzo-soprano, Georgia Gardiner and baritone, Edward Robinson will perform works including; Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad and Quilter’s Three Shakespeare Songs, accompanied by local pianist, Hayley Parkes. This recital promises to be accessible to all and of the highest standard, with all three performers students of The Royal Northern College of Music.

Approximately 45 Minutes

Brewhouse Cafe Bar

Saturday 29 October 12 noon £5


Thanks to Ed Robinson, a former BADAC Bursary Winner, for the info.